East Broadway

Historic Orthodox Jewish Organization Sells East Broadway Building

Posted April 16, 2019 at 5:03 am

Way east on East Broadway, more links to the neighborhood’s Jewish past are disappearing. Word is now circulating that the four-story pre-war tenement at 235 East Broadway just changed hands. Lower East Side Jewish history permeates this site (East Broadway still retains some of those roots). The property had collectively housed the United Jewish Council of […]

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Cafe Petisco Closes After Basement Wall Collapses

Posted April 5, 2019 at 5:00 am

Popular neighborhood haunt, Cafe Petisco on East Broadway, is down for the count. Closed until further notice. The business announced this week that a basement wall in the building was compromised due to nearby construction on Jefferson Street. The collapse hindered “our ability to keep the restaurant operating.” Apparently, said construction is potentially related to […]

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Wheeling Around the Lower East Side with ‘Common Books’ [INTERVIEW]

Last modified March 28, 2019 at 9:05 am

There is something to be said for a well-loved book, and area local Brittany Bond recently started a mobile book business to deliver just that. Common Books is a pushcart typically stationed by Seward Park that offers paperbacks with a focus on female authors. We caught up with Bond to hear more about her unique […]

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After Rejected Seward Park Air Rights Deal, Developer Unveils Revised Plans for 28-Story Condo

Posted February 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

Now nine months removed from the rejected $54 million sale of air rights from Seward Park Co-op, Round Square Development, formerly the Ascend Group, has changed its tune. The plan for two monstrous towers on the sites flanking the Bialystoker Nursing Home building is now kaput. Instead, Round Square will drop a single condo development […]

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Icon Terminates Seward Park Garage Lease 3 Years After Parking Privatization

Posted February 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

Three years after the parking garage privatization pitted Seward Park co-op members against the board, the operator is out. Icon/Quik Park tendered its termination over the holiday weekend, and will pull out of the garage at the end of this month. Charles H. Greenthal & Co. management circulated a letter to tenants announcing the news […]

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‘The Forward’ Ceases Print Publication After 121 Years

Posted January 18, 2019 at 5:05 am

The Forward will do so without its print edition. The 121-year-old Jewish-American publication, founded as the Yiddish language Jewish Daily Forward on the Lower East Side in 1897, suspended print operations this week and will refocus efforts toward its online verticals. As a result, forty percent of the staff was reportedly laid off, including editor-in-chief […]

Curtains for ‘12 Corners’ Coffee Shop on East Broadway

Posted January 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

One of the better coffee shops on the eastern fringe of Chinatown just closed down. 12 Corners, which co-anchored the Crossroads building at Rutgers and East Broadway, fell victim this week after more than six years on the spot. The locals joint was beloved by many who lived in the area. The closure is not […]

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Outnumbered Cop Fights off Violent Homeless Men on East Broadway Subway Platform [VIDEO]

Posted December 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

Earlier this month, a report surfaced ranking the East Broadway subway station the twelfth most dangerous in the citywide system. Here’s another example of why. Sunday evening at around 10:00pm, a lone police officer fought off a group of hostile homeless men down on the narrow subway platform. Using a billy-club for deterrence, the outnumbered […]

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Seward Park Co-op Pet Policy has Some Owners Barking Foul [GUEST]

Last modified December 20, 2018 at 5:55 pm

We received the following communique from a reader resident of the Seward Park Co-op who is upset about updates to the pet policy. The housing complex first starting allowing dogs and other animals about ten years ago. Bah Humbug. On Tuesday, the Seward Park Cooperative updated their new pet policy. They shoved a piece of coal […]

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These are the Top Checkouts at NYPL Branches on the Lower East Side

Posted December 18, 2018 at 5:07 am

The New York Public Library has just released every bookworm’s favorite year-end list: 2018’s top checkouts systemwide, by borough, by branch, and by genre. This year’s overall victor of the city library stacks was none other than Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. But Lower East Side branches opted for another bestseller. Seward Park and Mulberry […]